So many parallels can be drawn between Nazi Germany and the modern-day genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The former annihilated Jews, Romani people, homosexuals and those with any kind of disabilities. Assad and his Iranian backers have killed over 250,000 Syrians during the course of last five years.
MOSCOW -- The Russian political system is archaic. It was created during a historical period when rulers were awash in petrodollars and there was simply no apparent need for democratic institutions, checks and balances, independent judiciary, strong parliament, federalism, local government and so forth. Without easy money, the ruling regime will not survive without modernization.
MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.
Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.